Miami vs. UNC: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2013

Sep 21, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels wide receiver Sean Tapley (6) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Bug Howard (84) in the first half against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Miami will look to continue its impressive 2013 campaign by taking down North Carolina on Thursday night in Chapel Hill. 

After impressively knocking off Florida earlier this year, the Hurricanes have churned out three blowout wins to improve to 5-0 on the season. Utilizing a potent mix of high-scoring offense and stifling defense, Miami is a difficult team to beat. 

North Carolina, on the other hand, has only won a single game to this point, and limps into this contest on a three-game losing streak. 

The Tar Heels haven't been able to stop anyone from putting points on the scoreboard, and the team's offense has struggled to move the chains. 

Miami should cruise to an easy victory on the road in Week 8, but upsets occur every weekend in college football. 

 

CHAPEL HILL, NC - SEPTEMBER 01:  North Carolina Tar Heels fans cheer for their team during a game against the Elon Phoenix during play at Kenan Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Grant Halverson/Getty Images

When: Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Betting Lines (via Covers) 

  • Over/Under: 64.5 pts.
  • Spread: North Carolina (+8.5)

 

Miami Injury Report (via USA Today)

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Eduardo ClementsRBQues Oct 17 - Hamstring - 10/6/13
Nate DortchDBQues Oct 17 - Foot - 10/6/13
Rashawn ScottWRQues Oct 17 - Shoulder - 10/6/13
Hunter WellsOLout for season - Undisclosed - 8/29/13
Danny IsidoraOLOut indefinitely - Foot - 8/15/13
Hunter KnightonOLOut indefinitely - Shoulder - 8/15/13

 

North Carolina Injury Report (via USA Today)

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Jack TabbTEQues Oct 17 - Suspension - 10/7/13
Kiaro HoltsTQues Oct 17 - Undisclosed - 10/5/13
T.J. JilesCBQues Oct 17 - Undisclosed - 10/5/13
Bryn RennerQBQues Oct 17 - Foot - 10/5/13
Dalton StognerWRout for season - Knee - 8/15/13
Shakeel RashadLBout for season - Knee - 8/15/13
Sam SmileySout for season - Toe - 8/15/13

 

Can North Carolina Conjure Up a Rushing Attack?

Sep 21, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back A.J. Blue (15) is tackled by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets linebacker Paul Davis (40) after a catch in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Spor
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Tar Heels featured an explosive run game last season, thanks to Giovani Bernard, averaging 193.8 yards per game with 28 total rushing touchdowns. 

As Bernard's backup, A.J. Blue averaged 5.3 yards per carry last year, but he's struggling mightily as the team's go-to running back this year. 

In five games, Blue has rushed for just 187 yards on 49 carries, and he's yet to take one in for a score. Romar Morris has done well in limited duty, rushing for 171 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries. 

As a team, North Carolina is averaging just 100 yards per game, however, which ranks No. 114 in the nation. If the Tar Heels can't figure out a way to improve upon these numbers this Thursday, then Miami will romp. 

 

Prediction

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 01: Stephen Morris #17 of the Miami Hurricanes throws the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies on November 1, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

Stephen Morris leads a potent offensive attack that makes big plays with regularity—both on the ground and through the air. He's thrown five touchdown passes in his last two games and appears to be getting hot heading into the second half. 

Combined with a tough-as-nails defense, Miami is a tough nut to crack. 

The Hurricanes average 45.2 points per game and allow just 16 points per game. North Carolina doesn't have the talent on either side of the ball to do much damage to either of those numbers. 

Miami will easily win this game to improve to 6-0.

 

Final Score 

Miami wins 42-24

 

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